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Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #54 (ARWU) ,
The fast-track program in Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology from University of Zurich furthers students scientific education and fosters their abilities for independent research. Students will be prepared for careers in industry, at research institutes and at universities. . 


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The specialized Fast Track Master’s degree program in Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology (90 ECTS credits) from University of Zurich is intended for exceptional students envisioning an academic career. The program takes students to the forefront of our understanding of our Universe. Together with the core courses in advanced theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, an original research project is carried out with a faculty member (55 ECTS credits).

 This can range from a computational astrophysics project, to analysing data from observations or supercomputer simulations, or carrying out a theoretical project. At least 30 ECTS credits are earned through research seminars, lectures, exercises and internships in the chosen specialist area. This program is ideally suited for students wishing to carry out doctoral studies in astrophysics, cosmology or theoretical physics. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Modules
  • Master's thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The Fast-Track program in Theoratical Astrophysics and Cosmology is a specialized Master’s program with specific additional admission requirements. For admission to the program, the following conditions have to be met: - Bachelor's degree from the University of Zurich with a major grade of at least 5.5 or a corresponding recommendation from another university. 

  • Assessment interview with the student and the future leaders of the thesis in the presence of at least one other faculty member. 

The Faculty may require additional requirements in the form of further assessments. The Faculty also decides on the recognition of studies and credit points acquired elsewhere.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF.

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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